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Best way to finish butcher block counters? Waterlox, poly, tung?

13 years ago

Hi, I have scoured the end of the internet trying to resolve the BEST way to finish butcher block countertops we're installing in our DIY kitchen.

I have been impressed with the posting on Waterlox, however, the manufacturer recommends a poly. I do not want a bowling alley finish, so I would certainly use a matte poly, correct?

I would plan on staining them darker, so I shouldn't have too much concern on yellowing concerns that poly seems to bring.

As far as tung oil/mineral oil, it's my understanding that is for a natural/non-stained wood finish. Is that correct?

One person said "They'll all work, just depends on how often you'd like to re-finish them." Well, clearly my answer is "As little as possible." So, with that said- what advice do you have for me?

The countertops are maple.

Thanks in advance.


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